It’s been a little over a year since Ashlinn Gray made her debut on the South African music scene. With her hit single Battleships charting across radio stations, there was no doubt the young singer songwriter would be destined for greatness.
She proves herself once again, with her new and fabulous pop offering Nineteen. Written together with Jake Odendaal, the song explores the insignificant age of 19.
Still a flourishing teenager on the brink of adulthood, Ashlinn remains a motivated soul, wise beyond her years, despite her fun-loving quirky attitude.
She says, “Most ages have something to look forward to. At 13 years old you're not considered a child, but rather a teenager. At 21 years old you're able to say ‘I’m officially an adult’. However for 19 years old, there’s no significance around it. It’s that awkward year where you’re expected to do all ‘adult’ things but not get seen as one. I’ve gotten to this super strange age that holds no significance in society, yet as a 19 year old, I’ve got the chance to make every moment of this indifferent year count.
Before becoming ‘the 21 year old adult’, I want to ensure that the kid inside does not get left behind and that chasing paper planes becomes chasing dreams that can become a reality. Remember to take a moment today, to chase a paper plane because sometimes we need to remind ourselves that the child in us still exists.”
A motivational speaker and influential youngster, Ashlinn hopes to inspire the youth of today to live with purpose. Dreams are only possible for those who believe and are willing to work towards their goals. From the looks of things, the South African pop star is well on her way to achieving hers, and it’s just the beginning.
Watch this space...